It’s hard to tell what Philadelphia Eagles team will show up from week to week. Fans, of course, are hoping it’s the productive version of this offense that takes the field against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
Despite their high level of talent, the Eagles have struggled this season. At 4-4, Philadelphia is a team that can get blown out by the Cowboys one week and dominate the Bills the next. The most glaring issue for the Eagles offense has been the passing game. Though Carson Wentz has played decently well, he has been undermined by a lack of receiving talent.
While the running game has been better in recent weeks, the committee in their backfield has been hit and miss. Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders seem to have figured out their roles in this offense, but they could both stand to develop a little more.
Philadelphia’s secondary has given up some big plays this year, and the Eagles have rotated personnel in hopes of getting things under control. Though they have some good players like Fletcher Cox up front putting the pressure on, the defense gets deflated when the secondary fails. With poor secondary play and various holes across this defense, it’s a wonder they are still 15th in Defensive DVOA.
Despite the Eagles flaws, this is a winnable game for Philly. While Chicago’s defense has maintained its excellent play despite tough losses, their offense is terrible. It’s hard to find a good Mitch Trubisky game this year and his awful play has really held both Chicago’s passing and rushing attack.
Even in their last game, when the running game really got going, the team still fell short as Trubisky barely managed 200 yards through the air. The challenge with this Bears team is that with Trubisky under center, the defense has to be perfect. Though this unit is ranked 6th in Defensive DVOA, weak points like safety Eddie Jackson can cost the team games when the offensive ceiling is so low.
Philadelphia could very well find a way to lose this game. They’ve lost to equally bad teams before. However, this Bears offense can’t seem to keep pace with anyone. If Carson Wentz and company are just somewhat effective, it could be enough to put the Bears down.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Chicago Bears
- When: Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1pm ET
- Where: Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Streaming: Fox, NFL Sunday Ticket
There are a number of options for watching Eagles vs. Bears on streaming platforms that carry FOX. However, consult a coverage map to see what game your regional channel will be playing.
If a game is not being carried in your area, the only option might be an NFL Sunday Ticket package.
Eagles vs. Bears live stream: How to watch NFL online
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
If you’re a big-time sports fan, FuboTV is your best streaming service option. If you love international soccer and you’re a Spanish speaker, FuboTV also offers various add-on packages, including Fubo Latino and Fubo Português. FuboTV’s basic plan showcases nearly 100 channels and includes NFL Network. At $54.99 per month, you’ll also get FS1, FS2, NBCSN, NBA TV, Big Ten Network, Pac 12 Network, BeIn Sports, and CBS Sports Network, along with premium channels like FX/FXX/FXM. The only notable omission for sports fans is ESPN. You can add Fubo’s Sports Plus package for an additional $8.99 per month, which allows you to stream NFL RedZone, (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
- Cost: $44.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its offerings, including ESPN and FS1, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
3) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (40% off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Both Sling Blue ($25 per month) or Sling Orange + Blue ($40 per month) include NFL Network and a number of sports channels—like three ESPN channels and NBCSN—and it’s still a nice perk that Sling subscribers can order a la carte packages. Sling TV also offers a special Latino package for bilingual viewers. Sling TV is currently offering a deal where you can subscribe for 40% off the regular price for the first month of your subscription. That means Sling Blue would cost $15, and Sling Orange + Blue would cost $25. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.)
For $10 extra per month, you can get NFL RedZone via the Sling Blue Sports Extra package.
Unfortunately, due to a contract dispute, as of Sept. 26 Sling no longer carries Fox, FS1, and FS2. But there is a workaround.
How to use AirTV with Sling
AirTV solves one of Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV, (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “It’s practically magic.” While select football games are no longer on Sling after its contract impasse with Fox—which for now means no Fox, FS1, or FS2 via Sling—you can still catch the Fox telecasts with AirTV.
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—serves to strengthen one of Sling’s biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. All those services have plenty of local channels.
While select NFL and college football games (on Fox, FS1, and FS2) are no longer on Sling, you can still catch Fox games with AirTV.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
If you’d like to watch live NFL games directly from your PS4, PlayStation Vue is your best bet. PlayStation also works with streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire products, but what separates PlayStation from the rest of the streaming services is that it’s also compatible with Kodi. No matter how you stream, you’ll get to choose from four tiers of channels—all but the cheapest include NFL Network. From there, you can also add NFL RedZone as part of the $10-per-month Sports Pack, which also unlocks ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Classic, Longhorn Network, Outside TV, and NBCUniversal regional sports networks. You can see the full list of PlayStation Vue channels here. Two other great perks: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and there’s also unlimited cloud DVR.
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
Cost: $73.99 per month for four months, or one single payment of $293.96
There are two—and only two—ways of acquiring NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV.
There’s NFLSundayTicket.TV, which costs $73.99 per month for four months. It’s everything you love NFL Sunday Ticket but online-only. You can stream from pretty much any device that connects to the internet (but only on one device at a time).
You can also upgrade to the NFLST.TV Max bundle for a total of $99 per month for four months or one single payment of $395.99. You can also add on NFL Game Pass, which allows you to watch replays of every game after they air, for $50 for the full season.
There’s another way to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV: Amazon Prime. While you can’t pay for the package using Amazon Prime, you can at least watch all of the games on the service. To start, first download the NFL Sunday Ticket channel on Amazon Prime. It’s free. From there, you’ll just need to sign in with your subscription credentials.
College students can purchase NFL Sunday Ticket at a discounted price through NFLSundayTicket.TV U.
Fantasy football: Who should I start?
Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders, Running Back: With the receiving corps in disarray, both of these backs have been fantasy relevant in recent weeks. Howard tends to lead in rushing yards, but Sanders catches passes to pad his stats. Both are worthy of a look in most leagues.
David Montgomery, Running Back: Though the Eagles have been decent against the run, it seems like the Bears want to get the offense running through Montgomery going forward. After last week’s amazing game, you’ll feel dumb if you leave him on your bench again and he goes off.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Chicago Bears: Why it matters
A loss for either team here could cripple its season. The Eagles are trying to catch up with a Cowboys team that is better than their record. Philadelphia can’t afford to lose too many games if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Chicago is the worst team in the NFL’s most competitive division. While they are 3-4 right now, a .500 record isn’t going to be good enough to stay relevant in the NFC North. Another loss or two and their season is officially over.
If this Eagles team is actually going to make the playoffs, they have to beat the Bears here. You can live with losses to the Cowboys and Vikings, but too many Ls against bad teams could cut things short in Philly.
The Eagles have the advantage, but they need to execute. Let’s see if Philly can finally start playing up to expectations.
- How to watch NFL RedZone without cable
- How to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without a DirecTV satellite
- How to watch NFL Network online (without cable)
For a year-round sports fix, sign up here to receive our weekly boxing newsletter. You’ll hear about all the biggest fights and best knockouts from the Daily Dot’s streaming sports guru Josh Katzowitz.
The Daily Dot may receive a payment in connection with purchases of products or services featured in this article. Click here to learn more.